For the past few decades artificial grass has significantly began to replace natural lawn across the globe in everywhere from Olympic stadiums to professional arenas. GRASSify recently completed a job at The O2 in London for the Star Sixes, the first ever competitive world football tournament for iconic former international players. (Click HERE for photos and to see the GRASSify team in action!)
One of the sports worlds’ biggest supporters of artificial grass is the NFL (National Football League). In February 2017 The Super Bowl (NFL’s annual championship) took place at the NRG Stadium in Houston which uses artificial grass and next year’s event is also set to take place on an artificial grass pitch at The U.S Bank Stadium in Minnesota. This isn’t a surprise as now over half of the NFL stadiums opt for artificial grass rather than natural… so why is this?
365 Days of Play..
Artificial grass is always playable, whatever the weather conditions. In locations that experience heavy rainfall natural grass can be
highly difficult to maintain with the grass becoming waterlogged and out-of-use. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it can also be beneficial in regions where natural grass is prone to burning or struggles to grow due to the lack of rain.
With major sporting competitions rough play is the norm and the increased durability of the surface of artificial grass proves to be very advantageous as with a natural grass pitch a period of recovery is required after a game before it can be used again.
The fibres used to create artificial grass are designed to identically replicate each other so no areas are weaker or of a difference texture. This avoids changes in the speed of the ball during play or the ability for players to find footing, offering the groundskeeper or groundsman more control.
Artificial grass only needs a tiny percentage of the water required than its natural counterpart, which is a strong ecological and financial incentive. In addition as there is no mowing or weed removal required on an artificial pitch pesticides are not needed which eliminates the issues of chemicals leaking into nearby waters.
Whilst in the past playing on an artificial pitch wasn’t always a players first choice with the developments in artificial grass over the past decade it is now considered as good, if not better than real grass… and if its good enough for the NFL!
Following our recent work at The O2 in London, (CLICK HERE to read more about GRASSify at the Star Sixes) where we transformed the iconic venue into a state-of-the-art football pitch (described by Paul Merson as the best artificial grass pitch he has ever played on!) the team at GRASSify have felt inspired…
Artificial grass doesn’t have to only be used as an alternative to a natural grass lawn; you can use GRASSify’s grass for garden or home decoration or even to create a sports playground in your own home. Here are some of our favourite non-traditional artificial grass ideas:
Bring green indoors…
Brighten up your bedroom or living room with an artificial grass wall or paneling,
You can also use it to replace rugs and mats, or for more innovative landscaping designs that complement your home decor. The green hue is a great accent against other materials such as wood and stone and the natural vibe creates a warm and inviting space with a contemporary feel.
Play in the grass….
We all know young kids love to play in the garden, although sometimes it’s too hot in the summer months and the winter season often boasts endless rainy days therefore an alternative indoor play area is a fantastic solution. Lay an artificial grass carpet or rug in your playroom and reap the benefits. The shock absorbency it provides is especially useful in preventing injuries plus its easy to clean, odourless and offers a strong base for children’s beds, slides and other large toys.
Transform your office…
Artificial grass flooring for indoor offices is hugely popular as the natural elements create a calming ambiance, ideal for brainstorming sessions and letting the creativity flow. Why not add some water fountains or water features to complement the zen-like atmosphere.
Let the games begin…
If you love golf and have a large garden, why not treat yourself, husband or kids to the ultimate garden transformation and install a putting green in your backyard. It is a great way to get your children outdoors rather than sat in front of the television or computer (and your husband as well!) This idea works well not only in gardens but also on roof terraces that are often barely used. If golf isn’t their thing, a football pitch or giant board game using coloured artificial grass are also achievable options.
Time to relax with GRASSify…
If you love relaxing on the grass on a warm summer night, artificial grass can be a fabulous upholstery choice for love seats, couches and chairs. It is comfortable to touch and very durable, plus it can be hoovered like a regular fabric, it doesn’t hold dust and debris and doesn’t stain! Simply wipe it down with a wet cloth or hoover gently and enjoy relaxing on the grass whatever the weather!
Add a decorative touch…
If you don’t want to go all out with an artificial grass chair or rug, why not bring a touch of nature inside and opt for artificial grass cushions for your living room or conservatory. Alternatively artificial grass works wonders for wall art which can be personalised with anything from your initials, to your child’s name or perhaps your wedding date or house number. Another simple idea we love are the below grass placemats for a BBQ or garden party!
Whether you want to discuss your garden transformation, a home decor project or order an artificial grass chair! GRASSify are here to help, be sure to follow us on Pinterest for more artificial grass inspirational ideas!
Finally the day is here! We have started the installation of Artificial Grass for the world famous Star Sixes in the O2 Arena this July.
Star Sixes is a competitive six-a-side indoor football tournament where former international players are chosen to represent a senior national team for which they played.
All the greats in one arena, there’s no room for error in the grass installation, so the experts have been called in!
The line-up includes many huge names from the football world, including of course our very own Steven Gerrard, Brazil’s Rivaldo Italy’s Alessandrio del Piero and Germany’s Micheal Ballack to name but a few. The pressure is on to deliver. These legends are used to the finest and most advanced pitches, and we plan to exceed all their expectations…. in just 48 hours!
Let the Games Begin!
With GRASSify’s most exclusive Artificial Grass Installation
To add to the pressure of installing artificial grass on such a high profile event, we were also presented with the task to finish the installation in as little as 48 hours! Bring out the big guns!
Not only does this installation have to be just as perfect as all our other installations, it has to withstand a bit of a beating over a short period of time. Furthermore, we want to make sure these legends don’t know better than they are playing on real grass so we have chosen our finest most hardwearing artificial grass range to ensure the boys won’t know the difference!
We start with the warm-up area...
Warm-up both for the players and our GRASSify team! The real work is only just getting started!
Then over to the main field
We worked 24 hours non stop taking shifts to make sure the field was delivered in pristine condition.
The Final result!
48 hours later and miles and miles of artificial grass, joining tape, shockpads and many cans of red bull, the pitch for the Star Sixes looks immaculate and ready to welcome some of the worlds best football players for the Star Sixes Tournament.
And then... it's kick off!
We have to admit, we’re a little proud watching from the sidelines with a beer in one hand and the other in the air cheering on our favorite players. Now all we have to do is wait (and get some sleep!) before we have to take it all down again.
And what will happen to all this luscious artificial grass?? well… stay tuned to find out who we’re donating our grass to!
Star Sixes Germany VS France Highlights
See the boys at play on GRASSify’s artificial grass. Able to withstand even the toughest treatment! There’s no better way to test your artificial grass then to let the experts put it through its paces, and it seems we qualified!
If you are interested in artificial grass, no matter how large or small your garden or sports ground. Contact our team at GRASSify first. We install artificial grass all over the UK and are trusted by many small and large companies for our professional and long lasting artificial grass installations.
GRASSify Artificial Grass London have teamed up with My Local Pitch to share with you the location and details of 3G Artificial Grass and Astro Turf Pitches in your area. It’s a great website and can help keep you and your family and friends active all year around.
London’s Top five 5-a-side 3G astroturf pitches
Spring has officially sprung which means the weather, in theory, should be improving for lots of 3G 5-a-side football matches to kick-off across London. Grassroots football is hugely popular throughout London and MyLocalPitch works with a wide selection of high quality venues. Given the choice on offer, it can be tricky choosing which facility you want to play at, whether you’re after a one-off game or a more regular block booking.
With that in mind, below is MyLocalPitch’s Top five 5-a-side 3G astroturf venues.
Powerleague Shoreditch in Hackney has 13 five-a-side pitches to choose from. The grassroots venue is just around the corner from Shoreditch High Street Overground station. There are changing rooms and floodlights here. PlayFootball Shepherd’s Bush – Hammersmith and Fulham https://www.mylocalpitch.com/london/venue/playfootball-shepherd-s-bush/football-5-a-side-35624 PlayFootball Shepherd’s Bush is based in west London and there are ten 3G grassroots pitches onsite. The pitches can facilitate five-a-side and seven-a-side matches. Players can get changed here and there are floodlights surrounding the pitches.
How much do you know about artificial grass? Here are 3 things you might not know yet:
It Can Last Up to 20 Years
Yes, you read right Artificial grass can last up to 20 years in gardens with very low traffic however even in a domestic garden with 3 children high quality artificial grass is expected to last up to 10 years and beyond if cared for. It has been designed to deal with the wear and tear of the average garden. If you put together what you spent on a natural lawn in 20 years and the initial cost of artificial grass, you’ll find that it’s a really good investment not only in cost savings but time too.
Great Sound Absorber
Artificial grass acts as a fantastic sound insulator. This is especially advantageous for areas where there’s lots of noise due to traffic, or in office lobbies where foot traffic makes it really annoying on the ears. We have performed artificial grass installations on walls and ceilings to absorb sound and create a very fun environment to work or play in. Artificial grass is very versatile in its applications.
Designed not to fade
There’s been a lot of hard work and expertise gone into the development of our artificial grass to ensure that the products last a long time, so it needs to be sure to keep its colour. One of the signs of a healthy natural lawn is its beautiful vibrant green colour and if you finally decide to go for artificial grass you’ll be able to enjoy that lush green colour all year round. The substance used in synthetic lawns to colour the very material used in artificial grass is designed and tested worldwide in all conditions with a variety of pressures that grass is put under, like changing weather, UV rays and general wear and tear mainly from football mad children and excitable dogs.
So here you have it, 3 more reasons to consider an artificial grass installation.
For free samples and an artificial grass installation quote let’s talk on 0207 993 9083…
One of the most well-known artificial grass benefits is the water saving, but how does this actually work? Check this short article to learn more about artificial grass water cost savings.
How does artificial grass save water?
It’s quite simple: artificial grass helps you save water outside because you never need to water the lawn! Your artificial grass garden will look as green as the day your artificial lawn installation took place, no matter how dry the ground gets or how severe water conditions are. This is unlike a traditional lawn that would turn brown if it does not get the water that it needs. The water that you save by installing artificial grass can be used to ensure that your plants and veggies grow healthy, or you can save the water altogether saving lots of money on your water bills! How much water and money can you save with Artificial Grass?
Literally thousands of litres per year!! According to several studies on this matter, a well maintained lawn averaging around 50m2 will use around 30,000 litres of water a year to keep it healthy and green, and depending on where you live, it might be 70,000 litres or more (of course the hotter and dryer the weather, the more water you will need for your garden). The average cost of this is around £200 per year (based on the average figure of 30,000 litres). I you have artificial grass installed in your garden you’ll find that you are saving not only on water but also electricity and even maintenance bills. Whats more, as prices of these bills and artificial grass itself may increase in the future it could be a great investment for your home and garden as it will last 5-10 years in domestic households!
Get your free artificial grass samples or artificial grass installation quotation now!
Dogs just love our grass. Check why artificial grass is great for pets!
If you are wondering, is artificial grass the best option for your dogs and other pets? We can assure you they will simply love it! We haven’t met a pooch yet that hasn’t ran onto the lawn for a back scratch as soon as we pick up our tools and tidy up to leave!
However, our customers ask this question so very often and so we would like to explain to you a few reasons why artificial grass is a great option for your friend.
– Artificial grass offers you a soft underfoot that your dog’s paws will love!
– The constant running around of pets will make most natural grass look brown and tired. You won’t experience this problem with artificial grass for dogs, which is perfectly suited to bear your pets activity
– Our artificial grass for dogs is completely safe, 100% lead free and non-toxic for your dogs and other pets so you have complete peace of mind they are always safe.
– Artificial grass is a perfectly green surface 365 days a year. What’s more is our artificial grass for dogs and other pets is just so easy to clean up after them once installed. They will enjoy a good roll around and a good scratch without bringing heaps of mud into the house. It’s a long-term low maintenance lawn solution.
– Artificial grass supplied and installed by GRASSify Artificial Grass London, has come up against a number of large and very excitable dogs in our time, including our favourites, Rhodesian Ridgeback Neo and Stella the great German Shepard (Both Shown Above). Fortunately GRASSify artificial grass is just too tough and robust to be chewed or dug through, we challenge your dog to the test?
Will you get your Pet this wonderful Christmas present this year?